A Brief History of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM): The month of October, designated to be an observed commemorative month to raise awareness of breast cancer. Established in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca, a leading manufacturer of oncology drugs).

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Press Release: WISDOM, A Study of Personalized Breast Cancer Screening

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2017

MASSIVE STUDY LAUNCHED TO TEST PERSONALIZED APPROACH TO BREAST CANCER SCREENING UC Davis joins other UC Health sites in WISDOM

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Sorting out when or whether to get mammograms can be perplexing for any woman, and a health provider’s advice may not settle the matter. That’s because . . . → Read More: Press Release: WISDOM, A Study of Personalized Breast Cancer Screening

Inaccurate Claims about the Unequivocal Benefit of Early Detection Persist Despite Evidence to the Contrary.

When Dr. Susan Love was updating the 2015 edition of her Breast Book for a chapter titled, “When Cancer Comes Back,” she asked women with metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer what they wished the public knew about this disease. Many replied that, “the ‘early detection’ of an invasive cancer through [mammography] screening does not guarantee . . . → Read More: Inaccurate Claims about the Unequivocal Benefit of Early Detection Persist Despite Evidence to the Contrary.

Sheryl Crow hawks 3D mammograms with fear and false hope

“Sheryl Crow hawks 3D mammograms with fear and false hope”, Health News Review.

It may not be her favorite mistake, but it was a mistake nonetheless for the singer and breast cancer survivor Sheryl Crow to advocate in an aggressive, unbalanced way on behalf of a 3D mammography device.

That’s the takeaway of a number . . . → Read More: Sheryl Crow Hawks 3D Mammograms with Fear and False Hope

Panel Reasserts Mammogram Advice That Triggered Breast Cancer Debate

“Panel Reasserts Mammogram Advice That Triggered Breast Cancer Debate,” The New York Times, Jan. 11, 2016.

In 2009, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (an independent volunteer board of doctors and other experts appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate screening tests, counseling, and medications . . . → Read More: Panel Reasserts Mammogram Advice That Triggered Breast Cancer Debate

Why cancer screening has never been shown to “save lives”—and what we can do about it

The claim that cancer screening saves lives is based on fewer deaths due to the target cancer. In an article published in the bmj, Vinay Prasad, Jeanne Lenzer and David H Newman argue that reductions in overall mortality, not disease specific mortality, should be the benchmark. The authors call for higher standards of . . . → Read More: Why cancer screening has never been shown to “save lives”—and what we can do about it

What We Can Learn from New ACS Guidelines on Screening Mammography

Since 2003 the American Cancer Society (ACS) has told women repeatedly to get screened with mammograms every year starting at age 40, or younger if they are at higher risk. The society also recommended clinical breast exams (CBEs) each year for women over age 40 and periodically for women younger than that. During this year’s . . . → Read More: What We Can Learn from New ACS Guidelines on Screening Mammography

Research Brief: Screening Mammography Rates in the Medicare Population Before and After the 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guideline Change

This study explores how the 2009 guidelines on screening mammography released by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) may have affected screening mammography rates among women aged 65 and older. The guidelines outlined in the figure below recommended against routine screening for women aged 40-49 years (unless warranted by individual patient context and values); . . . → Read More: Research Brief. Screening Mammography Rates in the Medicare Population before and after the 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guideline Change

Health News Review Interview with Dr. Otis Brawley on Overdiagnosis

“Podcast: Pathologic profiling – Dr. Otis Brawley on cancer overdiagnosis” by Gary Schwitzer, Health News Review.

It its 5th in a series of podcasts on overdiagnosis, Health News Review publisher Gary Schwitzer speaks with chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, Dr. Otis Brawley.

The in-depth interview was a refreshing break from usual discussions . . . → Read More: Health News Review Interview with Dr. Otis Brawley on Overdiagnosis

Cancer Group Now Says Most Mammograms Can Wait Till 45

“Group Now Says Most Mammograms Can Wait Till 45,” by Rob Stein, NPR, Oct. 20, 2015.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) released a new set of guidelines for mammography screening for women at average risk for breast cancer. The guidelines, published in JAMA, are a slight change from the position the society has held for . . . → Read More: Cancer Group Now Says Most Mammograms Can Wait Till 45

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